Sneaky Ways Adventists Try to Figure Out If You’re “Liberal” or “Conservative”

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We Adventists are a diverse bunch, aren’t we? Sometimes, curiosity gets the better of us, and we can’t help but wonder where our fellow church members fall on the theological spectrum. Here’s a look at some subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways Adventists try to decode your theological leanings.

1. The Potluck Predicament
Your potluck contribution speaks volumes. Here’s what they’re looking for:
Conservative tell: You bring the classic haystack ingredients or Little Debbie snacks.
Liberal tell: Your contribution is a vegan quinoa salad or homemade kombucha.

2. The Sabbath Afternoon Inquisition
Listen carefully when someone asks about your Sabbath plans. They’re fishing for:
Conservative tell: You mention plans for a nap or Bible study at home.
Liberal tell: You’re organizing a nature hike or community service project.

3. The Ellen White Litmus Test
When Ellen White comes up in conversation, they’re watching for your reaction:
Conservative tell: You can quote Ellen White verbatim and apply her writings literally.
Liberal tell: You discuss the historical context of her writings or focus on her social justice teachings.

4. The Music Debate
Your stance on church music can be a dead giveaway:
Conservative tell: You express a strong preference for traditional hymns and organ music.
Liberal tell: You’re excited about contemporary praise music and drums in church.

5. The Dress Code Detective Work
Your Sabbath best might be under scrutiny. They’re looking to see if:
Conservative tell: You adhere strictly to traditional Adventist dress standards.
Liberal tell: Your attire is more relaxed, possibly including jewelry or unconventional styles.

6. The Creation Conversation
When the topic of creation comes up, they’re listening for:
Conservative tell: You firmly believe in a literal six-day creation week.
Liberal tell: You’re open to discussing various interpretations of Genesis. For you, the main point is God created.


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